The Sugarbag is a delightful picture book capturing Jimmy and Max's adventure as they head off in search of the sugarbag.
'Sugarbag' is a European word. It's the name for the honey produced by Australia's native, stingless bees which have been around for thousands of years.
Jimmy is the eldest brother, and it's thanks to his knowledge - passed on by his grandfather - that he knows exaclty what to do when a bee comes buzzing past,
'This little fella could lead us to a delicious treasure.'
Great touches of humour come from Max's misunderstanding on a few occassions,
'Is it a pirate bee?' asked Max.'
When someone talks about delicious treasure wouldn't you also imagine a delectable pile of scrummy cakes, donuts and lollies?! If not, then Dub Leffler's eye catching image will certainly put the thought straight in to your mind!
Nola Turner-Jensen's lovely dialogue and descriptions follow Jimmy and Max on their quest to discover the source of the sugarbag. The touches of humour are great, gaining more than a few giggles when read out loud. Sugarbag is one of those valuable picture books which in addition to telling a great story, serves to teach the reader something too. In this case, about Australian native bees. Perfect.
Dub Leffler uses coloured pencils to create illustrations which are delicate yet capture the humour perfectly. Jimmy is portrayed as the older, wiser brother - whilst Max is just too cute! Both characters have quickly become firm favourites at My Book Corner.
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